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    C_Cezeaux

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Crimsann, hope you're feeling better by now. I'm still fine tuning on what I know I need to do and sticking with it at least the majority of the time. Interesting that I have had far less trouble with sugar dragon this year, wasn't tempted by most of the goodies, just certain holiday food triggers and chocolate is probably always going to be all or nothing, lol. Where I find myself sliding back is in the mindless snack attack while I'm reading or watching tv. That, and the corn tortillas and gorditas at our Mexican place. Maybe I should up my magnesium again. Or just limit my exposure to the Mexican place. Part of the lifestyle for me has been to focus more on non-food "treats" and enjoying being "in the moment" as you said, without the focus being on the food. At the birthday dinner, the food was quite tasty and enjoyable, but the real treat was the location. We spent a couple hours in our corner watching the water. I'm working on "earning" my next deep tissue massage now. I like the one week focus, would certainly give room to repeat the focus on another week in case of backsliding. I have a few I need to focus on and it would be easier to tackle one at a time.
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    We think alike! Yes, that's sort of exactly what I have in mind. I've been working on a list this week of things I want to shore up and I'm writing out a calendar of when to tackle each thing (most of them are not huge) with the idea that it won't be just for that week either...so the first thing on my list is to get back to filling all three rings on my Apple watch tracker or at the very least hitting the activity ring which is the one that will restart another streak. If I start that one first I think it's going to help with some of the others and by the time April rolls around I should be at or close to a new record with that which is a great place to be. It means working out at least at a brisk walk for 30-60 minutes a day which isn't a huge commitment really and it's something I really need in my life with the years of a sit down job to combat. It is one that takes discipline and has very specific tracking though so it can't be fudged. Another week I will focus on drinking more water again, something that has dropped off when I stopped packing my lunch every day. Around mid-February, unless I move it to an earlier date, I'm going to switch it to all Whole30 for lunches. Not a full on the program since my breakfast/dinner options could still be non-compliant, but it's a step. I'm also thinking of rounding out the last three weeks before my birthday with removing gluten one week, taking out dairy the next, and finally eliminating sugar the last week. That should make switching over to Whole30 a little less painful. I'm not sure how that's going to work out with birthday cake, but I don't actually care for cake that much so I've plenty of time to plan for a different kind of birthday celebration. I'm still working this out, but what it feels like it might be leading up to is a Whole365 or at the very least a 30-day reset followed by a very specific plan where I only reintroduce a few things. This is actually a bigger step maybe than the sugar free year we talked about, but I kind of think it's what I want to do. With that problematic milestone out of the way I think I can focus on doing it for the right reasons.
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    vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Message from above, LOL! Sorry to hear you've been sick, Crimsann... cruddy way to start off the new year! Hope you're back to 100% soon. It's just some dates on the calendar, after all... Now about that birthday... Sounds like a great idea to start then! Maybe do some 1-week resets here an there as "test-run" practice?
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Um, okay...this is just creepy. So nearly right after I posted the above, I did my daily check in on Audible for what is new/on sale/daily deal...we all know I have a thing for audio books...and to my delight "Food Freedom Forever" was (finally!) available in that format. So I'm like part of the way through the intro and getting chills when Melissa said, and I quote, "...to focus on more productive things like how you'll celebrate your birthday this year. The first year of your food freedom journey." In light of what I was just saying about this coming year, serious goose flesh going on. We've all kind of joked about her speaking directly to us, but sheesh.
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    Crimsann

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Adding my "happy birthday!" and what a lovely image this conjured up...I love how it's a bit about food, good food, but also shows just how much you were "in the moment" and enjoying yourselves and the ambiance beyond just what you ate for lunch. This is so what it's all about. As for me, I'm still a mess. This horrible chest cold thing has been going around (and around and around) the office here and my luck being what it is, I got it on Christmas Eve. Given that it has a two-three week lifespan...that means I'm still chasing down the last of it now and have been completely miserable right when I should have been starting my year off with a bang. I couldn't give up cough drops, just couldn't go there, and I had no energy for meal prep not to mention zero appetite...it was a recipe for complete failure. This past weekend I managed to get out of the house long enough to market and got my lunches made, but the recipe I went with isn't completely compliant. I'm not sure I can really explain what is going on in my head right now, but I'm going to take a stab at it because we always share where we are. I think, in the back of my mind, I'm looking at the calendar and I'm pretty sure there aren't enough weeks between now and my birthday (and it's the unfortunate 4-0 this year) for me to get to my goal. It's possible, it would mean killing it every single day though and that's a lot of pressure. I keep thinking about last summer and how close I got, but not quite, to that goal for vacation and how it sort of derailed me altogether just like weight loss goals nearly always do. I don't think I can start anything specific now without also hearing that clock start ticking. I could dress it up all kinds of ways, not weigh in now so as to not put a number in my head, but the minute I start a diet plan...tick-tock, tick-tock. And my fortieth birthday is such a built in milestone that I can't see around it. So I am kind of toying with letting my restart happen on my birthday. Maybe like doing a Misslindy and counting backwards in a way, so that the countdown is more towards starting a new decade of my life rather than seeing it as an end goal. But getting to April without taking steps backwards? That's going to be about gearing up for a whole new "year" by just working on some of the things I need to shore up to be ready to hit the ground at a run. So I'm not going to take the time to kick back and snack, but instead I'm going to try to view this as training time. I want to be eating cleaner and working out regularly BEFORE I start for real. Maybe I'm on the right track, and maybe I'm way off base...all I know is, mentally, I'm not there for jumping into a January W30. But I'm definitely going to need this group more than ever so I'm really glad to hear from all of you and belated but best wishes for an awesome 2017!
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    vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Oh yes, Happy Bday to you!! : )
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    NancyW

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Happy Birthday!!!